Emilio Aguinaldo Museum and Shrine Family Field Trip 2017
I like going on field trips with my boys! Not only does it help make our lessons come alive, it also provides an opportunity for family bonding while learning.
I also like kicking off the new school year in our homeschool with field trips. Last year, we went to Jose Rizal’s Shrine in Calamba, Laguna. The year before that, we went to Fort Santiago in Old Manila. I used these field trips to help my kids appreciate our history lessons more. Three years ago, we also went to the Aguinaldo Shrine but it was evening and we were only able to watch the light show.
This school year, my husband and I decided that we will go to the Emilio Aguinaldo Museum at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite on June 10, 2017. It was also our family’s way of celebrating the anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence by General Emilio Aguinaldo 119 years ago.
We went to the Shrine in the morning so we could tour the museum and the house.
It was a rainy day. It was very tempting to just sleep in and waste the day away doing nothing at home. But, I made a promise to the boys. So, off we went!
There were light rains when we arrived at the Shrine. We parked our vehicle at the park across the Shrine. Then, we walked to General Aguinaldo’s house.
There were also other tourists inside when we came.
We started our activity with a tour of the Emilio Aguinaldo Museum which was on the ground floor of the house. We didn’t have a guide here. We just went around on our own and read the text on the displays. Then we had our photos taken.
It was also my first time to enter the museum. It’s an experience that I’m sharing with my family. All of us were first-timers in this place. We were learning together. My husband and I had a review of our Philippine History lessons as we guided our kids.
History was one of my favorite subjects in school when I was still a student. That’s why I love that we are homeschooling and that we are learning alongside our kids. I didn’t have this field trip when I was a student. It is my joy to make this field trip a part of my kids’ education.
This is one of the things I love about homeschooling. I get to choose the places where my kids will have their field trips. And because I’m the one who chooses, I get to make sure that these are relevant to the lessons we are discussing in our homeschool and that my kids would find it interesting.
After going through the museum at the ground floor, we went up the second floor which is the house. We were blessed that this time, we found a guide to accompany us. It made our tour so much better. She explained that General Aguinaldo designed the house. She also showed some of the secret passages where General Aguinaldo can pass or the places where he used to hide. She shared the stories behind the displays.
We were surprised to discover how rich the Aguinaldos were! Thus, I wondered how they could afford such luxuries. I will have to research on that again so I can share with my sons.
We had our photos taken outside the house also, in the garden and near his tomb. The grounds around the house was vast. The family owned three hectares of land but they donated the rest to the city government already. Still, the remaining land around the house was still very big. It looked bigger than the land where Jose Rizal’s house stood in Laguna.
There’s a souvenir shop at the back of the house where a replica of the house is on display. We bought a magnet and a keychain as souvenirs.
There’s an interactive library also in the garden area where people can watch an audio-visual presentation. It was closed when we went. But we saw that there are many computers inside.
We finished the tour of the house and the grounds after around two (2) hours.
We also had our photo taken in front of General Emilio Aguinaldo’s statue at the park before leaving.
Our original plan after the tour of the Shrine is to go to Kawit Church also where General Aguinaldo was baptized. But since we were pressed for time and it was already lunch time, we just passed by the church on our way to the restaurant and didn’t get down any more for photos. Maybe next time, we will have visita iglesias of the historical and old churches in Cavite.
The traffic was bad on our way to our next stop which was Calle Real Restaurant in Tanza, Cavite. It is one of the recommended restaurants in the area and the theme is also in keeping with our history lessons that’s why I chose it as the restaurant for our lunch that day.
It was a good thing that Paella is their specialty. They had three kinds of Paella. I ordered Paella Marinera (seafood). Since it was already past lunch time (late lunch) and we were so hungry because we were stuck in traffic for quite a while (there was also a construction on the road where we passed), I ordered beef nilaga. The nilaga was good and it’s obvious that the vegetables used were fresh. We liked the soup. Perfect for the rainy weather. The Paella wasn’t bad but not that impressive. I love Spanish cuisine that’s why I was happy that they served Paella. My eldest son and I enjoyed the seafood.
We had churros for dessert.
Then, we had fun taking photos while posing near the mural.
It was another trip down memory lane where history came alive to us. I’m glad we pushed through with our family field trip even though it was rainy. We all enjoyed it, minus the traffic!